ERIC Number: ED479724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Setting Strong Standards.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This booklet asserts that if states are to achieve the goal of educating all students to higher levels of learning, they must develop comprehensive and coherent standards-based education systems. The American Federation of Teachers' guidelines are: (1) standards must focus on academics; (2) standards must be grade by grade or clustered for selected grade spans in elementary, middle, and high school; (3) standards must be clear and specific enough to lead to a common core curriculum; (4) standards must include particular content in each of the four content areas: English, math, science, and social studies; (5) standards must attend to both content and skills; (6) standards must be manageable, given time restraints; (7) standards must not dictate how material should be taught; (8) standards must be rigorous and "world class"; and (9) standards must be written clearly enough for all stakeholders to understand. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (Item no. 39-0175, $2). Tel: 202-879-4400; Web site: http://www.aft.org. For full text: http://www.aft.org/edissues/downloads/settingstrong.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.